Along with Badfinger and the Raspberries, Big Star helped forge the power pop template in the early-1970s. But unlike these other bands, there was always something darker lurking under the obvious pop hooks in leader Alex Chilton's songwriting and lyrics. After Chris Bell left the band, Big Star's sound turned moodier and more unconventional, foreshadowing Chilton's eclectic, unpredictable solo career. Every group that's ever flown the power-pop banner owes a debt to the pioneering recordings of Big Star.
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